Definition of trivial in English:


Line breaks: triv|ial
Pronunciation: /ˈtrɪvɪəl


  • 2 Mathematics Denoting a subgroup that either contains only the identity element or is identical with the given group.
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    • Next in complexity to the trivial ones are the mazes represented by trees.
    • In group theory one of the topics he studied was that of groups with only trivial automorphisms.
    • The first topology is a trivial one, just stating the genes are allelically identical.



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  • The first paper is about survey participation, in which the hypothesis is seemingly trivially obvious: people who like to do surveys in general and who are interested in the survey topic are more likely to participate than others.
  • Secondly, and most trivially, if you extend her argument she is effectively saying that she's only doing it as a public service; she's not going to get any personal gain or gratification from it.
  • After all, it's trivially simple to find lots and lots of places where modern medicine has failed to explain or treat someone's illness.


late Middle English (in the sense 'belonging to the trivium'): from medieval Latin trivialis, from Latin trivium (see trivium).

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